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BART’s new station celebration could be its last for quite a while

Original post made by Jeb Bing, editor of the Pleasanton Weekly, on Feb 17, 2011

At last, the costly, wrongly-built overhead steel pedestrian walkways have been carted away from the I-580 freeway shoulders at the new BART-West station, just in time for the opening celebration of this $100-million-plus project. Time will tell how necessary this new station was, located as it is just 1.6 miles from the Pleasanton/Dublin station that serves commuters well and has become a major transit hub for buses to all parts of the Tri-Valley. Except for the new multi-million-dollar “Express” bus that will serve BART-West commuters, it seems unlikely all the transit services at what’s now-to-be called the BART-East station will move or duplicate their services at BART-West.

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Posted by Member
a resident of Dublin
on Feb 17, 2011 at 11:31 am

What a terrific and uplifting article that so properly demonstrates our inability to control unforeseen events and showcases the pointlessness of adding further access to public transportation in the TriValley.

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Posted by Maria
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 17, 2011 at 7:31 pm

As long as it fixes the parking situation, I'll be happy! Currently, good luck getting a spot later than 7:45am on a weekday...

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Posted by I don't think so...?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 18, 2011 at 11:18 am

To Member: ha! Nice use of irony there.

To Jeb: your statement "at what’s now-to-be called the BART-East station will move or duplicate their services at BART-West." is a bit incorrect. The correct name for the new station is "West Dublin/Pleasanton BART" and the new name for the existing station is "East Dublin/Pleasanton BART", yet not once in your editorial do you use the correct name. Yes, I know this is an editorial, but the choice not to use the correct names further conveys your disdain for the project and the outcome. Odd choice for an editor. Maybe we're not all happy about the way this played out, but still, doesn't seem quite professional.

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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 18, 2011 at 1:51 pm

Well then the real name would be West Dublin/Pleasanton Bay Area Rapid Transit Station. Please use the correct name

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Posted by No thanks
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Feb 19, 2011 at 7:20 pm

Nothing like a $106 million dollar boondoggle paid for by taxpayers in a state that's broke. At least it's cheaper than the multi-billion dollar high-speed rail boondoggle.

1.6 miles from the existing station.

What a joke. Waste of money, $20+ million in cost overruns, encouraging more urban sprawl and development, making it incredibly easier for would-be thieves to ply their trade at Stoneridge Mall, and providing an unnecessary station, when the money should have been spent on extending the line to Livermore, if it had to be spent at all. $106 million that could've helped the schools out.

The local and state politicians will be long gone when the damage this station creates comes to fruition. Hope they enjoyed patting themselves on the back. I'd like to kick 'em all in the behind.

Our dysfunctional California government at work. Thanks for wasting more of our tax dollars on more idiotic projects.

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Posted by Gary Schwaegerle
a resident of Downtown
on Mar 26, 2011 at 12:08 pm

Gary Schwaegerle is a registered user.

Keep Traffic Moving Around Town, Out of Town, Through Town. Our Elected Officials are working hard for us & want to have your input on the next 20 year Transportation Plan for Alameda County. There is a Short Survey you can give your input for Priority. Alameda CTC Online Questionnaire go to: Web Link The questionnaire deadline has been extended from March 15th to March 27th Do it Today! Please take a moment to complete the questionnaire... put it into Infrastructure vs Education; How about expand 84 vs the cost of the Flyover at 580/680 (how much traffic would that relieve?) Run BART direct up 580 to make a positive connection with the Altamont Commuter Rail (BART owns 300 acres at that location) Thanks Gary Schwaegerle

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